In the NHL, the penalty box acts as a confessional. Guilty players confess their sins upon entering and then perform a penance that is determined by the severity of the sin and is measured in minutes.
- PRIDE: Abuse of Officials (Rule 70).
- ENVY: Interference with a Breakaway (Rule 56.6).
- GLUTTONY: Too Many Men on the Ice (Rule 74).
- LUST: Obscene Language or Gestures (Rule 39.3).
- ANGER: Fighting (Rule 46).
- GREED: Concealing Puck with Hand (Rule 67).
- SLOTH: Delay of Game (Rule 63).
But this is such a long list, and it's difficult to stay pious and obedient. Some Capitals players find these strict tenets harder to obey than others. Naturally, they spend a lot of time in confessional.
Here are the Washington Capitals' players who will spend the most time in the penalty box in 2013-14.
Note: All statistics courtesy of NHL.com unless noted otherwise.
Note: During the Capitals' 2012-13 season, Matt Hendricks and Mike Ribeiro ranked first and second respectively in penalty minutes and were tied for second in minor penalties. Both are no longer with the team.